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Open Road

The Gunman. Call it a prestige version of Taken. It even has the same director. The difference? In the place of Liam Neeson, The Gunman stars multiple Academy Award winner and very serious actor Sean Penn. Based on the first trailer, released today and presented for your viewing pleasure below, the story seems pretty similar. Penn plays a former killer whose past comes back to haunt him, leaving him with his back to the wall and a gun in his hand. Hard Cut to: he shoots his way out.

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Warner Bros.

You really don’t need to watch this second trailer for next year’s Mad Max: Fury Road. You’ll want too of course, especially after the magnificence of the first trailer that premiered this past summer, and we honestly can’t blame you. But you still don’t need to watch this new one. The problem isn’t that this latest trailer underwhelms — on the contrary as it’s loaded with awesomeness that makes the wait for the film’s release next May even more of a struggle. And it’s not like the trailer spoils any plot points or character reveals either. No, our suggestion here is simply that you save the epic action-beats on display here for the big screen. Wait until you’re actually seated for the movie itself so your first time viewing of the orgasmic mayhem is in context and projected at bigger than life size. But, if you can’t resist another glimpse at the explosive siren call of director George Miller‘s long-awaited return to the dusty and deadly future, if you definitely can’t wait another five months, then check out the new trailer below.

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Joseph Gordon Levitt in The Walk

Many remakes of documentaries are announced but very few wind up being made. The Walk is the latest exception, as we at least got sight this week of some footage in a teaser trailer for the Robert Zemeckis film, which is basically a redo of James Marsh‘s Oscar-winning 2008 doc Man on Wire. Both are based on Philippe Petit‘s autobiographical book about his famous tightrope walk between the Twin Towers in New York City. Man on Wire is told by Petit and others with archival and reenactment material thrillingly illustrating the unbelievable story. The Walk stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the French funambulist, and this new fully dramatized version is going to play in IMAX 3D. Maybe it will play like an acted-out rehash what we’ve already seen done quite well in the doc, but from the teaser it looks like Sony (via TriStar Pictures) is selling this more for the spectacle. The two-minute spot features only one scene, of Gordon-Levitt (looking nothing like Petit, I have to say) arriving on the roof of one of the buildings of the World Trade Center (looking quite incredible in its reproduction, I have to say) and then balancing on a girder while triumphant music lets us know there’s something magical or magnificent going on. If you don’t know what it’s all about, you might think this was a superhero movie teaser about a guy who can fly, until he doesn’t jump off the tower and start soaring and the words “based on a […]

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Disney/Pixar

Here’s what’s great about the trailer for Pixar’s Inside Out: it’s adorable realism. Yes, the dinner conversation where mom is prying, dad is tuned out (or tuned into sports) and young daughter is lashing out can be a cliche, but this is an excellent look at what it means to twist convention enough to make it work wonders. Instead of three personalities at a table, we get 15. We’ve known for a long time that the film would focus on the different emotions inside a little girl’s head, and we found out recently that we’d see other characters’ emotions as well, but the command center they’ve got set up is a smart touch. It’s not that these emotions live in the same space, but that they are meant to work together 24/7 even if they don’t always work well as a team. Check out the trailer for yourself:

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Magnolia Pictures

New trailers drop every day. Here are three recent ones. There’s no overriding theme between these three aside from their 2015 release dates and ability to capture our attention and leave us wanting to see more. San Andreas is a disaster picture featuring Dwayne Johnson as the head of an ensemble struggling to survive a massively devastating earthquake in California. Still Alive focuses on another tragedy, but this one is far more personal as Julianne Moore plays a woman diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s. Lastly, White God is a Hungarian film featuring an uprising by the abused and downtrodden who just happen to be canines.

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It Follows Movie

It makes an insane amount of sense that on the 10th anniversary of Saw‘s release, the most hyped horror film has a stripped down concept that produces tense magic with nothing up its sleeve. There are no intricate traps, just raw fear. Rob reviewed It Follows at Fantastic Fest, and I can echo every word of his review. David Robert Mitchell’s sophomore feature has teenage touches of his Myth of the American Sleepover, but it uses a simple mistrust of connection (specifically sexual) to create a monster with a billion faces whose real power comes from persistence. I’ve always thought of zombies working as villains because, despite moving like molasses, there are enough of them to make the attack overwhelming. In It Follows, there’s only one thing coming (slowly) for the young woman unlucky enough to bed down the guy cursed with murderous baggage, but somehow it’s abjectly terrifying. It’s a horror film that explores what happens after “just run away!” fails miserably. Now there’s a teaser trailer for it, complete with French review quotations. Classy. Check it out for yourself and start looking over your shoulder for the rest of the day. Oh, and being careful who you have sex with.

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Paramount Pictures

It’s been a long past few weeks for movie fans who aren’t into remakes, sequels or reboots. In fact, the dodging of nostalgia has been at an all-time high with trailers for a new Jurassic Park film, a new Star Wars film and a few films featuring characters we’ve heard of before (Cinderella, Pan). It would be easy to be burned out at this point. The timing for a film like Terminator Genisys — a reboot of sorts that recasts all the original Terminator roles (save for that main guy) and breaks the timeline into something vastly different — couldn’t be worse. Despite poor timing and the still looming shadow of the Star Wars trailer, Paramount has released the first trailer of the film from Game of Thrones and Thor: The Dark World helmer Alan Taylor. And guess what? It’s a lot of fun.

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Walt Disney Studios

If you’ve so far avoided checking out the first trailer for Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens because you don’t consider yourself a fan of one of the most famous, popular and profitable film franchises in cinematic history, well, that’s kind of weird. On the other hand, it’s not too late to get on board with the series, especially since we have an entire year to go until J.J. Abrams’ entry in the franchise zips into a theater near you. That’s plenty of time to catch up on six three films! Not sold on the idea? That’s okay, because we’ve picked out six elements from the first teaser trailer — which is only 88 seconds long — that just might enthrall even the biggest Star Wars novice. Come on, give it a try.

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Walt Disney Studios

The first teaser for J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens has finally dropped! (And the “Episode VII” part has apparently been dropped as well.) Now we only have to wait another fifty four weeks for the actual film to open. Little is known about the film’s plot, but much is suspected and rumored. We do know that the story takes place roughly thirty years following the events of Episode VI and that familiar faces (Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher) will be returning alongside newcomers including John Boyega, Adam Driver, Lupita Nyong’o, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson and Daisy Ridley. We probably won’t see his face, but Andy Serkis‘ body movements will be on display as well. Check out the first teaser for Star Wars: The Force Awakens below.

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Warner Bros.

It’s been 11 years since we last saw Peter Pan. In 2003 P.J. Hogan made a surprisingly exciting and faithful adaptation of Peter Pan — one that really delved into the sexual subtext of J.M. Barrie’s text — but it didn’t exactly set the world on fire. Since it wasn’t much of a hit, that means nobody is complaining about already bringing the character back to the big screen. Joe Wright’s Pan isn’t a remake or reboot, though, but a prequel. Pan stars Hugh Jackman as Blackbeard, Rooney Mara as Tiger Lily, and Garrett Hedlund as the innocent James Hook (who one day, of course, becomes Captain Hook). The trailer begins with an introduction to Pan (Levi Miller), an orphan during WWII. One night him and his buddies are kidnapped by pirates disguised as clowns, led by Blackbeard.

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Jurassic World

They promised us a Thanksgiving debut, then they opened the park a few days early. This doesn’t bode well for the ultimate fate of the Jurassic World theme park — an early opening of sorts is what got the original Jurassic Park into a lot of trouble — but it’s great for the rest of us. Especially everyone who is clamoring to see what director Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) has cooked up for the rebirth of one of the seminal franchises of the 1990s. The first trailer is here and it has everything you could want from a Jurassic Park flick: unaccompanied minors (Ty Simpkins and Nick Robinson), a dangerously innovative park owner (Bryce Dallas Howard), one guy who clearly sees that this is all going to end terribly (Chris Pratt) and a moody version of John Williams’ original score. See for yourself below.

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Universal Pictures

As a large, bearded man whose wardrobe consists of many hooded sweatshirts and whose primary occupation includes typing words into the void, I’m not ashamed of many things. I’m certainly not ashamed of my unabashed love for Pitch Perfect, the 2012 musical comedy about the highly competitive world of collegiate acapella. It starred the adorable Anna Kendrick alongside a host of comedic and musical talents such as Brittany Snow, Rebel Wilson and that guy from Workaholics whose name I always get confused with the guy from Maroon 5 (Adam DeVine). If you’ve seen the first film, you know that it’s about as infectious and fun as any movie we, the collective of moviegoers, have seen in the last half decade. And now there’s making a sequel. As a teenaged girl might say, SQUEEE!! The first Pitch Perfect 2 trailer is now online following a debut at a quote-a-long event in Los Angeles last night and it has plenty to offer: More singing, more pizazz and for some inexplicable reason, Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews Jr. (and several of his teammates).

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A24

New movie trailers drop every day, and it’s not always all that easy to keep up with them. Okay fine, it is easy, but sometimes there just isn’t a lot to say about a film that’s still many months away from release. We covered a few of this week’s offerings already — the big ones (Cinderella), the unfortunate ones (Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2), the ones that just annoy us (The DUFF) — but there are more that either by accident or intention managed to slip between the cracks. So allow me to bring you up to speed with the rest of this week’s new trailers for movies due out in the months to come. I don’t want to make a big deal out of it, but one of them just might just be for a certain upcoming film starring Harrison Ford. Yeah, that’s right. Keep reading for your first look.

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The DUFF

You’d be forgiven if you watched the first trailer for Ari Sandel‘s The DUFF and believed that you were watching a trailer for a new parody feature, in the vein of Not Another Teen Movie or Epic Movie. After all, this first trailer hits all the beats of parody, filled with the kind of worn-out tropes and flaccid observations about teen life that would not be out of place with a poorly received nineties teen comedy or a tongue-in-cheek send-up from the aughts. The problem, of course, is that The DUFF is a straightforward feature. In short terms, it’s all real. As our friends over at UpRoxx note, “someone has made an unsatirical Not Another Teen Movie,” one that even uses the old “this girl who wears overalls is unattractive and we know that because she wears overalls” trick. And it’s certainly an old trick. It’s just too bad it hasn’t gone anywhere since 1999, when She’s All That used it as a plot point, or even 1986, when Pretty In Pink did it, too. Some things don’t change, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t — or that films like The DUFF have irreparably broken the very cycle that is responsible for giving us modern teen classics.

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Disney Cinderella 2015

Bursting with triumphant music and what appears to be most of the iconic fairytale, the trailer for Cinderella brings us all the way to the lost glass slipper. Kenneth Branagh looks to have delivered a fairly standardized version featuring Lily James as the title cleaning wench, Helena Bonham-Carter as her fairy godmother and Richard Madden as the prince who can’t remember people’s faces. Seriously, why would he need a shoe to fit unless he can’t recognize a person he spent all night dancing with? Oh, and Cate Blanchett looks syrupy sick as the stepmother from hell. At any rate, it looks sweeping and lyrical, and probably no one will cut off their toes or heels. Unfortunately. Check out the trailer for yourself:

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Paul Blart Mall Cop 2

America: you demanded a sequel to Paul Blart: Mall Cop, and now you’re getting it. We’re all getting it. It’s been gotten. Wait, you might be thinking, I did not personally demand this sequel! Not I! Too bad, because your brethren did — they had to, really, voting with their movie ticket-buying dollars, enough to make the first film a bonafide hit, pulling in over $183m in worldwide box office returns. The feature even tops BoxOfficeMojo’s list of “bumbling” comedies (also, points to you, BoxOfficeMojo). Someone saw this movie. Was it you? It doesn’t matter, because the damage has been done: we’re getting Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, and now there’s a trailer to prove it. Feast your eyes on it, America, you know you want to:

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Mortdecai Movie

There have been plenty of bumbling crime-fighters throughout the years. Pink Panther, Johnny English, OSS 117, Frank Drebin. All are respected for being ridiculous while still, somehow, saving the day. And now there’s Johnny Depp as Charlie Mortdecai — filling out the cult figure from the 1970s Kyril Bonfiglioli books with far better names than this movie got. (Seriously, would you rather go see Don’t Point That Thing At Me or Mortdecai? Exactly.) The trailer offers a classic comic take on the absurd police figure. Guaranteed Depp’s character gets locked out of a building without his pants. It’s that kind of movie.

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Selma Movie

With percussive echoes of Public Enemy’s “Say It Like It Really Is” filling the background, the trailer for Ava DuVernay’s Selma offers a potent history lesson and a booming figure in David Oyelowo’s Martin Luther King, Jr. His presence is powerfully immediate, embodying the preacher’s bombast as well as the quiet tones of tense moments. This is impressive work, and it should resonate a million fold after the year we’ve just had. It’s hitting theaters January 9th, but (no surprise) it’s getting an Oscar-qualifying run around Christmas time. This trailer is a hammer to the forehead, and while it’s easy to call this a breakout year for Oyelowo (from A Most Violent Year to Interstellar to now playing one of the most famous figures of American contemporary history), I also hope this film launches DuVernay into the bigger spotlight she deserves. Gird your loins, and check this out.

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Into the Woods

In the new trailer for Rob Marshall‘s Into the Woods, all is rightly in place. Emily Blunt is beautiful and kind, Chris Pine is a charming prince, Meryl Streep is an absolutely flawless being with supernatural powers, Johnny Depp is exercising his passion for fashion and Anna Kendrick is Anna Kendrick. In order to master a Disney adaptation of this beloved Sondheim musical before the theatre kids angrily descend from the catwalks, sound booths, trap doors, costume labs, right and left wings and that part of the stage where they think nobody in the audience can see them (I’ve done a lot of tech theatre; I know all the good backstage hangouts), a few things need to be nailed down in the trailer. They have to hit that title song, and as those first few “I wish!” moments ring out in the terrible, terrible woods, it’s clear that this isn’t going to be a problem. Nice sell, Jack and Little Red. Now the next thing that must work is that The Witch needs to be fearsome, worthy of respect and able to pull off being both fabulous and draped in grey rags at the same time. You guys ever heard of this Meryl Streep? Needless to say, The Witch is everything she needs to be and more, if this trailer is any indication of what’s to come for the rest of the film.

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Universal

It’s been years since I read the Bible, but if I recall correctly one of the plagues that Charlton Heston sent down on the Romans involved souped-up muscle cars raining from the sky. That image so indelibly burned into my impressionable young mind has now been brought to life by director James Wan in the first trailer for the seventh installment in the world’s most improbable blockbuster franchise, Furious 7. The entire gang is back again — Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Chris Bridges, Tyrese Gibson, Jordana Brewster, Elsa Pataky… hell, they even brought back Lucas Black. They’re joined (or opposed) this time by the likes of Tony Jaa, Djimon Hounsou and Kurt Russell. Kurt Russell I said. The plot appears to pick up after Furious 6‘s stinger ending that saw Jason Statham offing a member of the family in explosive fashion. His personal vendetta continues and the gang is forced to join the FBI and fight back or something. I don’t know. Does it matter? It looks like another ridiculously-fun offense to physics, and I’m already looking forward to seeing it on the big screen. Check out the first trailer below.

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